APPLE has invented a way for you to track down lost items – including bicycles and headphones.
Better yet, with tracker tags you could even locate unconnected belongings, like a backpack or suitcase.
The revolutionary new feature is built into a revamped version of Apple’s Find My app.
Previously, the app was used to locate missing Apple devices – like an iPhone or iPad.
You can find the gadget on a map, play sounds from the device itself, lock it, or display a contact message on the screen.
But the new version of the app broadens this location tech out to non-Apple gadgets too.
“For more than a decade, our customers have relied on Find My to locate their missing or stolen Apple devices, all while protecting their privacy,” said Apple’s Bob Borchers.
“Now we’re bringing the powerful finding capabilities of Find My – one of our most popular services – to more people with the Find My network accessory program.
“We’re thrilled to see how Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof are utilising this technology, and can’t wait to see what other partners create.”
New gadgets that support the Find My technology will be available from next week, as part of the Made for iPhone program.
You can add these products to the new Items tab inside the Find My app.
Apple is giving special guidance to gadget makers to ensure they adhere to stringent privacy protections.
VanMoof’s new S3 and X3 e-bikes support the technology, meaning that you’ll be able to track them down using an iPhone.
Similarly, you’ll be able to locate Belkin’s Soundform Freedom True Wireless Earbuds.
Perhaps most excitingly, the Find My app works with Chipolo’s ONE Spot item finder.
This small tracker tag can be attached to items like a backpack or suitcase, so you can ensure your belongings never go missing for long.
Apple says that the entire Find My process is end-to-end encrypted and anonymous.
This means that even Apple or third-party gadget makers will be unable to track your device locations.
The new update is available to download starting today.
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